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Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy

Venessa Chin, Adnan Nagrial, Katrin Sjoquist, Chelsie A O'Connor, Lorraine Chantrill, Andrew V Biankin, Rob Jpm Scholten, Desmond Yip
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic cancer (PC) is a highly lethal disease with few effective treatment options. Over the past few decades, many anti-cancer therapies have been tested in the locally advanced and metastatic setting, with mixed results. This review attempts to synthesise all the randomised data available to help better inform patient and clinician decision-making when dealing with this difficult disease. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effect of chemotherapy, radiotherapy or both for first-line treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer...
March 20, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Hiroaki Murata, Kenzou Koyama, Yasunobu Takezawa, Yasunori Nishigaki
The present study reports a rare case of radiation recall pneumonitis attributed to ifosfamide that was used as a single antitumor agent for a recurrent malignant soft tissue tumor, arising from the chest wall. A 74-year-old man, who had a mass in his right upper chest wall, underwent surgical excision under the diagnosis of chronic expanding hematoma. He was referred to the present hospital with a recurrent tumor as the excised tumor was diagnosed as undifferentiated high-grade sarcoma. The extension of the tumor following previous surgery was aggressive and the tumor margins were unclear on magnetic resonance imaging...
April 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Kenichi Nakamura, Hiroaki Kajiyama, Fumi Utsumi, Shiro Suzuki, Kaoru Niimi, Ryuichiro Sekiya, Jun Sakata, Eiko Yamamoto, Kiyosumi Shibata, Fumitaka Kikkawa
Uterine sarcomas are some of the most malignant and aggressive tumor types among the gynecologic malignancies, and they are associated with a high rate of recurrence and a poor prognosis. Due to their rarity and diversity, the optimal treatment for recurrent uterine sarcomas has not yet been elucidated. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential of secondary cytoreductive surgery (SCS) for patients with recurrent uterine sarcomas. A total of 18 patients with recurrent uterine sarcomas were retrospectively identified at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nagoya University (Nagoya, Japan) between January 2002 and December 2015...
March 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Hui Chang, Jia-Wang Wei, Kai Chen, Shu Zhang, Fei Han, Li-Xia Lu, Wei-Wei Xiao, Yuan-Hong Gao
Background: In the era of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), distant metastasis remains the major cause of death from nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). This study aimed to evaluate the clinical value of pretreatment serum lipid profiles in predicting clinical outcome of NPC. Methodology / Principal Findings: A total of 1927 consecutive patients who had untreated NPC and completed radical IMRT between Jan. 2010 and Dec. 2011 were retrospectively reviewed. Pretreatment serum lipid indexes including total cholesterol, triglyceride, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, apolipoprotein A-I (apoAI) and apolipoprotein B were analyzed for their association with survivals, together with the clinical features (age, sex, pathological type, anemia, chemotherapy sequence and Epstein-Barr virus deoxyribonucleic acid)...
2018: Journal of Cancer
Julia R Schneider, Deborah R Shatzkes, Stephen C Scharf, Tristan M Tham, Kay O Kulason, François-Alexandre Buteau, Michela Del Prete, Shamik Chakraborty, Todd A Anderson, Saeed Asiry, Jean-Mathieu Beauregard, David J Langer, Peter D Costantino, John A Boockvar
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: Olfactory neuroblastoma, also known as esthesioneuroblastoma (ENB), is a malignant neoplasm with an unpredictable behavior. Currently, the widely accepted treatment is inductive chemotherapy, with or without surgery, followed by radiotherapy. Since data on genetics and molecular alterations of ENB are lacking, there is no standard molecularly targeted therapy. However, ENB commonly expresses the somatostatin receptor (SSTR) that is also expressed by neuroendocrine tumors...
March 14, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Katrine Munk Begtrup, Johanne Andersen Hojbjerg, Birgitte Vrou Offersen, Anne-Mette Hvas
Cancer is associated with increased risk of venous thromboembolic disease. Venous thromboembolic disease accounts for a substantial addition to morbidity and mortality rates in cancer patients and is the second leading cause of death in cancer patients, exceeded only by the underlying cancer. Only few previous studies have investigated the influence of radiotherapy on hemostasis and whether radiotherapy in itself causes an increased risk of venous thromboembolic disease. The aim was to investigate if adjuvant radiotherapy affects hemostasis after surgery and chemotherapy in patients with breast cancer...
March 19, 2018: Platelets
Tetsuo Saito, Ryo Toya, Tomohiko Matsuyama, Satoshi Ninomura, Natsuo Oya
PURPOSE: As predictors of hematologic toxicity (HT) after palliative radiotherapy (RT) have been studied insufficiently, we explored predictors of leukopenia, neutropenia, and thrombocytopenia attributable to palliative RT. METHODS: We retrospectively assessed patients with various solid tumors who had received palliative RT at our institution. Excluded from our study were patients who had undergone chemotherapy from one month before to one month after the start of RT...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Vesna Nikolov, Miodrag Stojanovic, Aleksandar Kostic, Misa Radisavljevic, Natasa Simonovic, Boban Jelenkovic, Luka Berilazic
PURPOSE: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive malignant tumor in the brain and no therapy can achieve full recovery/cure. The aim of this study was to identify which factors could improve the survival of operated patients, and to determine which kind of therapy was most successful. METHODS: The study was conducted at the Clinic for Neurosurgery in Nis, Clinical Centre Nis and the Oncology Institute, Clinical Center Nis. A cohort of patients who underwent surgery between January 2013 and December 2015 was studied and continuous monitoring of survival lasted until June 2017...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Dongliang Bian, Feng Zhou, Weiguang Yang, Kaixuan Zhang, Linsong Chen, Gening Jiang, Peng Zhang, Chunyan Wu, Ke Fei, Lei Zhang
Background: Thymoma, though a rare tumor disease, is the most common tumor of the anterior mediastinum. However, tumor size, as a critical factor, has been underestimated. Results: Age, advanced tumor stage, and preoperative radiotherapy were poor prognostic factors of overall survival (OS) and disease specific survival (DSS) ( P < 0.05 for all). Besides, tumor size was significantly related to survival. The larger tumor size indicated the less OS and DSS ( P < 0...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Xiao-Long Zhang, Gang Xu, Yi Zhou, Jia-Jun Yan
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is insensitive to conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and its prognosis remains poor. Targeted therapy is a novel technique for the treatment of RCC. The present study aimed to determine the precise effects of microRNA-183 (miR-183) on RCC. Reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis was conducted in order to analyze the expression level of miR-183 in RCC cell lines. Cell transfection, viability assays and invasion assays were also performed, followed by western blot analysis and a luciferase reporter assay, in order to examine the effects of miR-183...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Fernando Francisco Borges Resende, Simoneide Souza Titze-de-Almeida, Ricardo Titze-de-Almeida
Astrocytic tumors, including astrocytomas and glioblastomas, are the most common type of primary brain tumors. Treatment for glioblastomas includes radiotherapy, chemotherapy with temozolomide (TMZ) and surgical ablation. Despite certain therapeutic advances, the survival time of patients is no longer than 12-14 months. Cancer cells overexpress the neuronal isoform of nitric oxide synthase (nNOS). In the present study, it was examined whether the nNOS enzyme serves a role in the damage of astrocytoma (U251MG and U138MG) and glioblastoma (U87MG) cells caused by TMZ...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Marta Venturelli, Giorgia Guaitoli, Claudia Omarini, Luca Moscetti
Endocrine treatment represents the cornerstone of endocrine-sensitive premenopausal early breast cancer. The estrogen blockade plays a leading role in the therapeutic management of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer together with surgery, radiotherapy, and selective antiestrogen treatments. For several years, selective estrogen receptor modulators, such as tamoxifen, have represented the mainstay of therapy. The role of amenorrhea has been extensively elucidated in the past year: the benefit observed with chemotherapy-induced amenorrhea has strengthened its therapeutic role...
2018: Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy
Xuanxuan Wang, Yanjun Gu, Hai Liu, Liming Shi, Xiaonan Sun
Background: Radiotherapy and cisplatin-based chemotherapy are currently considered as standard treatments employed for advanced cervical cancer (CC). However, patients with local recurrence or distant metastasis continue to have poor outcomes. EGFR overexpression correlated with chemo/radioresistance, and disease failure has been well proved in the previous studies. Hence, the aim of this study was to explore the therapeutic efficacy and underlying mechanism of the sensitization to radiation or cisplatin of icotinib hydrochloride (IH), a high-selective EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), in the Hela S3 human CC cell line...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
Bastien Provost, Gilles Missenard, Ciprian Pricopi, Olaf Mercier, Sacha Mussot, Dominique Fabre, Nathaniel Langer, Olivier Mir, Cécile Le Pechoux, Philippe Dartevelle, Elie Fadel
BACKGROUND: Radiotherapy has long been the treatment of choice for local control of Ewing sarcoma of the chest wall (ESCW). However, there is debate regarding the use of surgery versus RT. Our objective was to identify risk factors that may affect long-term outcomes of non-metastatic ESCW all treated with preoperative chemotherapy followed by en-bloc resection and adjuvant Chemotherapy or Chemoradiation. METHODS: Between 1996 and 2014, 30 patients with a median age of 25 years (SD +/-8...
March 15, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Akash A Kapadia, Ann Martinez Acevedo, Jen-Jane Liu, Mark Garzotto, Michael Conlin, Christopher Amling, Ryan P Kopp
PURPOSE: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is an important adjunct to cystectomy in management of muscle invasive bladder cancer. We investigated factors that predict failure to receive surgery following multi-agent chemotherapy for non-metastatic muscle invasive bladder cancer utilizing the National Cancer Database. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a cohort study including patients diagnosed with cT2-4aN0M0 urothelial cell carcinoma of the bladder between 2004 and 2013 who underwent multi-agent chemotherapy...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Urology
Shakeel Uz Zaman, Shakil Aqil, Mohammad Ahsan Sulaiman
OBJECTIVE: To identify the significant predictors of locoregional recurrence in early stage squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of buccal mucosa with pathologically clear surgical margins and negative neck. METHOD: Seventy-three patients who underwent per oral wide excision and supraomohyoid neck dissection for early stage buccal SCC with clear surgical margins (>5mm margins each) and negative neck (N0) were included. None of the patients received postoperative radiotherapy or chemotherapy...
March 15, 2018: Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española
Ye Htut Linn, K Khine Thu, Nang Hla Hla Win
Radiotherapy is the mainstay treatment of cervical cancer and the most common acute side effect is radiation-induced diarrhoea (RID), which can affect up to 80% of the patients. The most frequently used probiotics for the RID in previous studies with somewhat positive results are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains. This study was aimed to investigate the effect of a probiotic containing live Lactobacillus acidophilus LA-5 plus Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BB-12 for the prevention of acute (RID) among cervical cancer patients...
March 17, 2018: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
Sriram Venigalla, David M Guttmann, Varsha Jain, Sonam Sharma, Gary M Freedman, Jacob E Shabason
BACKGROUND: The acceptance of hypofractionated radiotherapy in treating breast cancer in the breast conservation therapy setting has stimulated interest in hypofractionated postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT). We assessed national trends and patterns of utilization of hypofractionated PMRT. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Women 18 years of age or older with breast cancer treated with mastectomy and PMRT to the chest wall with or without regional lymph nodes from 2004 to 2014 were identified from the National Cancer Database...
February 21, 2018: Clinical Breast Cancer
Lucia Tortorella, Carrie L Langstraat, Amy L Weaver, Michaela E McGree, Jamie N Bakkum-Gamez, Sean C Dowdy, William A Cliby, Gary L Keeney, Mark E Sherman, Saravut J Weroha, Andrea Mariani, Karl C Podratz
OBJECTIVE: Two randomized trials failed to demonstrate efficacy of platinum-based chemotherapy (PbCT) for uterine serous carcinoma (USC). Our objective was to reassess the value of PbCT for patients with microscopic residuum (R0). METHODS: Progression-free survival (PFS) after surgery was analyzed for 409 patients and correlated with adjuvant therapies: vaginal brachytherapy (VBRT), external beam radiotherapy (EBRT), PbCT, or combinations. RESULTS: The estimated 5-year PFS for stage I (n=209) USC was 65...
March 14, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
Yapin Su, Jiuwei Cui, Dongsheng Xu, Mengmeng Wang, Tiankai Xu, Huimn Tian, Fujun Han
BACKGROUND: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate the impact of p16(INK4a) status on survival benefits in head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC) after anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) based treatments. METHODS: We identified studies assessing anti-EGFR based versus non-anti-EGFR based regimens in patients with unresectable locoregionally advanced, recurrent or metastatic HNSCC. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS)...
April 2018: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
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